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Honey Springs Battlefield

101601 S. 4232 Rd.
Checotah, OK 74426-3264
(918) 473-5572
honeysprings@okhistory.org
Director: Christopher A. Price
Staff: Andrew Slaucitajs
Visitor's Center Hours
Due to staff reductions, the Visitor's Center hours may vary.
Battlefield Hours
Tue - Sat9am to 5pm
Free Admission
Closed
Sunday, Monday & State Holidays

Use of drones over Oklahoma Historical Society property is not permitted without written approval of the facility director.

National Historic Landmark
National Register of Historic Places

Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site

The Engagement at Honey Springs (called The Affair at Elk Creek by the Confederates) was the largest of more than 107 documented hostile encounters in the Indian Territory. The engagement took place on a rainy Friday, July 17, 1863, between the 1st Division, Army of the Frontier, commanded by Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt and the Confederate Indian Brigade led by Brig. Gen. Douglas H. Cooper.

Cherokee and Creek regiments fought on both sides. There were approximately 9,000 men involved, including other American Indians, veteran Texas regiments, and the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers (the first black regiment in the Union army).

The 1,100 acre site has six walking trails with a total of 55 interpretive signs; the trails are located at (1) the Union bivouac area, (2) the Union line of battle, (3) the Texas' regiments line of battle [which includes 1/8-mile of the original Texas Road], (4) the battle at the bridge [over Elk Creek], (5) the final action, and (6) Honey Springs [the Confederate supply depot].

Much of what we know about the American Civil War is derived from actual reports and correspondence made by officers involved in the conflict. In the years following the war a committee comprised mostly of former Union and Confederate colonels selected documents from those saved in Richmond and Washington files to be published in a 128 volume document entitled The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. View the report (PDF)

Visit the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture to find out more about the Battle of Honey Springs.

Locate Us

The Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site is located east of U.S. Highway 69 between Oktaha and Rentiesville.


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Special History Days at Honey Springs Battlefield
The Oklahoma Historical Society and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will offer a unique learning experience June 18, 25, July 9, and 16, to explore the history of Honey Springs Battlefield. Learn about Union soldiers, artillery, the 1st Colored Kansas Unit, and more. This is a project of the historical interpretation course at USAO. For more information contact Dr. James Finck, jfinck@usao.edu.

Memorial Service
Join the Oklahoma Historical Society on July 16 at the Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site. A memorial service will recognize the anniversary of the Battle of Honey Springs, the largest Civil War battle in what is now Oklahoma. The program will begin at 10:30am.